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This undated booking photo shows Jeffrey Chapman, who is charged with first-degree murder. Chapman is afraid the tattooed mirror-image letters spelling out the word "murder" across his neck might prejudice a jury, so he is asking for a professional tattoo artist to remove or cover it up. / AP

A Kansas man charged with first-degree murder wants to remove his neck tattoo, which is the mirror of the word "murder."

Jeffrey Chapman asked for a professional tattoo artist to remove or cover up the tattoo. But prosecutors were against transporting Chapman to a tattoo facility.

"The parties reached an agreement that the defendant would wear a turtleneck," Lisa Taylor, spokeswoman for the Kansas Supreme Court's Office of Judicial Administration, told NBC News on Wednesday.

Chapman is charged with the murder of a man whose body was found in November 2011. Chapman's trial begins Monday, reports the Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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